Book Reviews

Don’t forget to check out the “Book Club” page for the book selection of the month!

Here is a list of book reviews of memoirs on this blog:

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Conflicted Hearts-a Daughter’s Quest for Solace From Emotional Guilt by D.G. Kaye

Don’t Worry If the Mule Goes Blind: Hazel’s Daughter by Betty Tucker
Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama
Driving With Dead People by Monica Holloway

Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra

Fire Shut Up in My Bones by  Charles M. Blow
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Growing Up With Ignorance: Memoirs of a Singaporean Baby Boomer by Ali Lee

Honeymoon With My Brother by Franz Wisner

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Incidents of the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

Mom, Me and Mom by Maya Angelou

Naked-Stripped by A Man and Hurricane Katrina by Julie Freed
Not  My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

Pieces of My Mother by Melissa Citaro
Plain Truth: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss and Leaving the Amish by Irene and Ora Eash

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Stress Fracture by Tara Meissner

The Color of Water A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Kiss by Kathryn Harrison
The Liars Club by Mary Karr
The Little Prisoner by Jan Elliott
The Other Side of Paradise by Staceyann Chinn
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro
The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
When God Wasn’t Looking by Eunice Heath tate
Wild by Cheryl Strayed

26 Comments

  1. This book is great. You are going to love.

    1. Happy New Years to you! What is the name of the memoir that you read by Endesha Ida Mae Holland that you mentioned on one of your posts? Thanks.

      1. Beautiful women and beautiful message. I love your work and thank you for your honest take,
        Regards,
        Larry

  2. I love Memoirs! The most I write is about my “colorful” life, the miracles that God performed during my trials, and now I just need to get them moving! I love Maya Angelou too…I can’t wait to read these 2 you reviewed 😊

  3. Another memoir lover! I love it! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. May God bless you in and through your writings.

  4. Cool ill try to check these out

  5. I enjoyed the Color of Water. =) Amazing, how she struggled to survive with all those kids.

    1. Me too! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment.

  6. Shery Alexander Heinis

    I’m thinking of writing a memoir. I’d actually started writing about a year ago, before I thought of the word “memoir”. I’d love to get some tips on writing this, since this would be my first attempt.

    1. Hi Shery, Please forgive me for taking a minute to get back to you. If you have already started writing, then continue using one of these approaches: Write about different things you experienced in a certain decade, say the 80s or the 90s. This is especially a good approach if something traumatic happened to you in a particular time period. A much broader approach would be to begin by writing down your earliest memory (earliest memories usually hold major significance to our present day lives) and any other memory that sticks out in your mind, no matter what age you were. Don’t worry about whether the memory is complete. You can add more details later as you remember more. Write every single day, even if its just a paragraph, until you have at least 70,000 words. This is the approach I used to write my memoir. Also, this blog has lots of information about writing memoirs under the “memoir” and “writing” category. I hope this has been helpful to you. Let me know how your writing is coming. Take care.

  7. Loved the Color of Water – Looking forward to your blog!

    1. Thank you so much Julie! Drop by any time.

  8. I’ve read or want to read many of the books in your club and believe based on what I’ve seen that we have similar writing interests in terms of topic and format. My current blog (in one format or another) talks about stories of sexual abuse past and present, but I plan to start others on different subject matter soon. I’d like to be a published author like you someday. How did you get started? Is there anything as a memoir writer or as one writer of color to another that you would suggest? Looking forward to reading you! Thank you for your blog!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I am honored that you reached out to me. If you want to start writing a memoir, I would suggest one of two ways: one, writing about different things you experienced in a certain decade, say the 80s or the 90s. Or two, for a much broader approach, begin by writing down your earliest memory (earliest memories usually hold major significance to our present day lives) and any other memory that sticks out in your mind, no matter what age you were. Don’t worry about whether the memory is complete. You can add more details later as you remember more. Write every single day, even if its just a paragraph, until you have at least 70,000 words. As to being published, I took one of my “memories,” fine-tuned it, and sent it out to an editor who was asking for submissions for their anthology. The editor chose it and the rest is history. Also, this blog has lots of information about writing memoirs under the “memoir” and “writing” category. I hope this has been helpful to you. Let me know how your writing is coming. Take care.

      1. I very much appreciate the reply. Thank you for sharing your other blog and for all the insight! I’ll be back 🙂

  9. Lynette, we have much in common. And you’ve given me an idea, to start a book club that focuses on memoir. It’s a “physical” book club, not online? So glad to find you this way. I live in sunny Ontario. – Diane

    1. Yes we do! Thank you for prompting me to move forward with the book club component for this blog. It’s been on my “To Do” list for awhile now. I’ll be launching the book club, for memoirs only, in April via Facebook. More details coming next month! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and comment on my blog. By the way, I love your blog!

  10. Would you recommend Wild or The Liar’s Club? 🙂

    1. If you like The Glass Castle, I think you would like The Liar’s Club. (Wild is still sitting on my table waiting to be read.)

  11. Wow! What a great list you have supplied us with. I will definitely check them out. I cant wait to ready yours. You should be so proud of yourself. What a great accomplishment that so many (as myself) aspire towards. I wish you much success with the book. Will it be on Amazon, where can we purchase it? Blessings to you, you beautiful swan!

    1. Thank you Cheryl! “Beautiful swan.” Yes! And I’m excited about my upcoming book. As soon as the final edits are finished, I’m going to do a victory dance! The official publication date is September 27, 2016. The ebook will be on Amazon, and the paperback will be available via my website (more on this later). Blessings to you too my sister-in-Christ!

  12. Thank you for stopping by my site, Lynette! I look forward to hearing more about your upcoming memoir!

  13. I love memoirs, too 🙂 Thank you for this list.

  14. I love reading memoirs but not fussy on celebrities so much, as I am of famous people.

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